Well, after a couple of weeks of vacation and a couple of days of either a nasty virus or some weird sort of altitude sickness, I am back in Austin and back in action. Wow what a ride it has been...

You see, as anyone who has traveled with me can attest, nothing just "happens" with me. Every second of my life somehow becomes an adventure. Whether it's the fishing trip in Canada that somehow cost an entire town its electricity or the time I accidentally spray painted my bathroom blue, life with this geek is never simple.

For instance, today I decided to work from home as I was still running a bit of a fever and didn't want to take a chance on getting anyone else here at SolarWinds sick. So, I got up, took some meds, caught a bit more sleep, and then decided to get cracking. Took me about 10 minutes to remember that I'd just moved and that I didn't have internet access at my new place yet. So, I packed up my stuff and headed over to a friend's house. Problem is, she's old-school and doesn't have wi-fi. So, I swung by my old place and picked up a Netgear WAP I had been using and brought it over to her place.

Well guess what? The power supply somehow went bad in between uplugging it at my place and plugging it in at hers (like 15 minutes). So, now I'm walking around Best Buy in my pajamas buying a new Cisco 802.11n WAP (yeah, try asking one of those dudes an intelligent question about a WAP at 10:00 a.m.). Problem is, when I get it home they've idiot-proofed it to the extent that you can't actually make it work. For instance, the installation application it comes with won't work unless you have a wired NIC in your laptop. Dude. How much sense does that make? I finally manage to hack my way around their cute little UI and setup the wireless security and routing and away I go.

By this time I've discovered that I've got literally a few hundred e-mails and several voicemails that I should probably respond to. I should probably mention that I suffer from a bit of Attention Deficit Disorder and it seems to hit hardest anytime I'm supposed to be working on slides. So, of course, I do the e-mails and etc (mabye I have time for a quick blog post and maybe some Tweeting?).

The real goal for today you see is to build the slide deck for the seminar that I hope to see a lot of you at in Atlantic City on Thursday. I've got notes out the wazu as I've been thinking a lot about this event but slides, well, they're still "in development". Which gets me to thinking, do we really need slides? What if we just all showed up in a big room, got a whiteboard, and went through the agenda without the slides? Sure, someone from the marketing department is probably going to read this and have a seizure and I'm fairly certain that someone in PR and/or legal is going to try to cancel my flights and it's even possible that I may get an e-mail telling me what color markers I can use (we're a publicly traded company now afterall) but hey, I've always liked to live a little on the wild side...

So now I ask myself, am I trying to convince myself of the sanity of this plan because I despise building slide decks or simply because I'm tried of sitting in seminars that are all slides and no content and feel more like a marketing event than a technology event?

Well, to find out you'll just have to show up in Atlantic City on Thursday for yourself...


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